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Liptember 2018 + Why I Decided This Was Going To Be The Year I Did Liptember | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, in the past I’ve touched on having anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia, but it’s not something that I have really talked extensively about. If you suffer from any type of mental illness or invisible illnesses you will probably know how difficult it can be to talk about.

Liptember 2018

Today I want to talk about a cause close to my heart, and why I wanted this year to be the year that I took the leap to be a part of it.
Liptember is an organization that raises money for women’s mental health, the money they raise goes to several organizations that are there to help women like me when we are in need of support.

I’m lucky in my personal circumstances that I have a very supportive family and a really good doctor but I know this isn’t the same for everyone. That’s why the money that Liptember raises is really important because it helps women all over Australia get the support they need.

My Personal Mental Health Story

I’ve suffered from anxiety my whole life, as I have gotten older it has affected me more and more. Depression is a side effect of my anxiety disorder but it can be triggered by a range of things.
For me anxiety is part of my chemistry, while I can take medication to help balance it out, it only really takes the edge off. I have techniques I can use to help but I don’t always find them effective.
My anxiety has caused massive changes to my body, I now have dietary problems where certain foods now make me sick. Which in itself causes me anxiety and has also caused me to lose massive amounts of weight because I struggle to eat properly.
Last year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, this has been a huge impact on my health both physically and mentally. My flare-ups can be caused by stress or anxiety, which can mean exhaustion, widespread pain, insomnia, brain fog and more.
If you want to know more you can read more about that here. 
I have good days and bad days, on a really good day I can leave the house by myself and on really bad days I can be quite unwell.

I think for me while I have excepted in some ways that this is the way I am it doesn’t make it feel any better. I do still struggle to understand some aspects of what can trigger my anxiety, especially when it can end up quite severe.

Rainbow Pouts - Raising Money For Liptember
Fb Page: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowpouts/ Instagram:http://instagram.com/rainbowpouts/  Donation Page https://www.liptember.com.au/teams/rainbow-pouts. Logo By Erin Applebee

Why I Decided This Was Going To Be The Year I Did Liptember

When I decided that I wanted to do Liptember this year I was going through a bout of really bad anxiety and depression. But that’s exactly why I knew I had to do this because I know there are people out there who are just like me.
For so long Mental illness has had a huge stigma attached to it, one of which I have never understood, we are humans after all with a range of emotions and our brains and bodies are very complex. We are not perfect and that should be okay.
I knew I couldn’t do this alone so I put the word out to some fellow makeup lovers and amazing artists if they wanted to join me. I was honestly overwhelmed with the response, so this September we will all be sporting bright lipsticks to raise awareness and money for Liptember.

Check out the Rainbow Pouts FB page or Instagram page to see all our pictures and our donation page to help us get some money to support Liptember’s amazing partners.

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Blogging Tips & Tricks - Creating A Banner With Canva | Life Of Dahlia

Blogging Tips & Tricks – How To Create A Banner Using Canva | Life Of Dahlia

Update: If you notice some of my recent blog posts are missing Its because I’m updating a few they should be back up soon.

Hey Everyone, Welcome back to another ‘Blogging Tips & Tricks‘ post, today I’m going to be sharing with you how to create a banner for your blog.

Today I’m showing you how to use Canva to create your blog banner, I usually use Adobe Photoshop to create this kind of stuff but Photoshop is expensive and not accessible to everyone so that’s why I chose to use Canva.

This walk-through can be used to create a banner for your Blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

What is Canva?

So I know some of you probably haven’t heard of Canva before so I’ll quickly let you know a little bit about what it is. Canva is a website & app that is free and easily accessible via multiple devices. Canva allows you to create multiple types of designs for your blog, website or social media. You simply click on a template and then you can tune it to your specifications from their stock library or upload your own images to place in your documents.

I’ll be showing you how to use Canva to create your banner, read on to find out how.

How to Create A Banner Using Canva

First, you will need to sign up to Canva.

Extra Tip – I do find using a computer is better it gives you more options like creating custom sized documents.

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Once you have signed up you should see this page as shown above.

From here you can scroll through to find a ‘Ready-made Template‘ size (if your creating a banner for your facebook, Twitter or Youtube) or click on ‘Use Custom Dimensions‘ in the upper right-hand corner if you want to customize your sizing.

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I’m going to use custom dimensions because I know the size I need, but you can choose to use a ready-made template if you’re not sure.

To create a ‘custom sized document’ simply add your dimensions and click ‘Design‘.

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You will then be taken to your new document, which might look something like this.

On the left-hand side of the screen you will see a few different options, ‘Search’, ‘Layout’, ‘Elements’,’Text’, ‘Background’ and ‘Upload’.

How To Add Images To Your Design

To add images to your document, you can click on ‘Elements’ to choose from the ‘Stock Library’ or choose to upload your own images via the ‘Upload‘ tab.

For this demonstration, I’m going to pick from the ‘Stock Library.

Stock Library

There are a few options here, simply click on the ‘Free Photos’ button to scroll through free images or use the ‘Search’ field to customize your search.

I’m going to create a banner for a beauty blog so I’m going to do a custom search for beauty or makeup related images.

Once you enter your search term, you will also be given the option to search both ‘Photos’ and ‘Illustrations’ or narrow it down to just one type, by simply clicking on one you want.

Some designs will be ‘free‘, but some may have a cost applied to it, I thought this was important to point out.

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Once you pick your image simply ‘drag and drop’ your image onto the document.

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You can then enlarge your image if you want to and place it where ever you think looks best.

I choose to enlarge and move mine to one side giving me plenty of room to add text.

Changing Your Background Colour

On the left-hand side, you can choose the ‘Background’ tab to customize your ‘background‘ or ‘document‘ colours.

In a second I’m going to try and match the background but first I want to show you another little trick that you can do with your images.

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Playing With Filters

Click on your image to ‘Highlight‘ it, above you will notice a few options appear, on the left-hand side ‘Filter’,’Crop’ and ‘Flip’. And on the right-hand side ‘Copy’, ‘Arrange’ (This only works if you have more than on item on the page), Transparency’ transparency_symbol, ‘Link’ link_symbol, and ‘Delete’delete_symbol.

What I want to play with is the ‘Filter’ option. Simply click on the ‘Filter’ option and a new tab will pop up, here you can scroll through and apply different ‘Filters’ to your image. You can also lower and increase the filter which will alter how it effects your image.

I chose one that would remove the pink background so that I could more easily match the background colour.

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How To Add Text To Your Design

Next up adding a ‘Title’ or ‘Heading‘ to your banner, here is where you can add your ‘blog name’ or ‘title’ to your banner.

Click on the ‘Text’ tab on the navigation bar on the left, It will give you the option to add a ‘Heading’, ‘Subheading’, or ‘body text’. (You can also choose from text templates for various document types but I’m going to just show you how to add the standard text to your document.)

Click on ‘Add Heading‘ and it should appear on your document.

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From here you can place it anywhere on the document that suits you.

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Editing Your Text

To ‘Edit’ your text, just click on it and a box should show up around your text, from here you can just start typing.

To add a ‘Subheading’ click on ‘Add Subheading’ and the process is exactly the same as we just went through with adding your heading.

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Changing Up Your Font

To change your font click on the ‘Font’ tab in the upper left-hand corner, you will get a ‘Drop-down’ menu with all the ‘Font Options’ available.

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Changing The Size Of Your Text

You can also change the size via the ‘Font Size‘ tab next to the ‘Font‘ tab.

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Changing Your Text Colour

If you would like to change your text colour, click on the ‘Rainbow Box’ and a tab will appear with your ‘Colour’ options, click on the ‘+‘ for a custom colour.

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Downloading Your Finished Design

Once you are finished, to download your finished file click on the ‘Download‘ option in the ‘main navigation’ bar, and a pop-up tab will appear with your file type options.

Click ‘Download‘ to download your design.

Scroll Down for ‘File Type’ information and for more information on saving your design for later. \/ \/ \/

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More Information On Filetypes

Click on the ‘i’ icon to find out more about the different file types and what they are best used for.

PNG‘ is the recommended file type for this type of design and this is what I personally use for my designs and photos because it gives me better quality than ‘JPEG’ but still has a smaller file size.

Scroll Down for more information on saving your design for later  \/ \/ \/

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Saving Your Design For Editing Later

Canva usually will ‘Automatically‘ save your design but just in case you can find it via the File tab in the ‘upper left-hand corner‘.

Click’ and a ‘drop-down menu‘ will appear, click on ‘Save‘ and this will mean you can find it later on via the ‘main page‘.


I hope your all enjoying this series as much as I am.

I’m hoping in the future to write about some more advanced topics, including what apps I like to use for social media and organizing, But I thought It was best to touch on the basics first.

I also plan on adding video walk-through’s to these post in the future for those people who prefer to watch instead or read but this all takes time.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read my blog and follows me on my blogging journey I’m really grateful. Its lovely people like you who make me want to keep going and see where this journey takes me.

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Image Credits – Cover Image by Freepik cover edited by me.

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Thrifty Look Book - Styling Thrifted Fashion | Life Of Dahlia

Thrifty Look Book – Styling Thrifted Fashion | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, in today’s post I wanted to share with you a little lookbook I put together, I was hoping to actually take this on location, but with the weather lately and have been unwell I wasn’t able to. Maybe when the weather gets a bit nicer I’ll get a chance to do some photos on location.

I’m hoping to do a blog post in a couple of weeks all about my set up and what I use to take my photos. So keep an eye out for that, for now, let’s get into this post.

This lookbook has a more wintery theme and shows off my unique style and how I like to style my thrifted finds. My aim was to use all second-hand items, I think there may have ended up being a couple of things in there that were purchased new many years ago but for the most part, I tried to stick to that theme.

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Outfit Details:
Jacket: ASOS (thrifted)
Dress: Angie (thrifted)
Shoes: Ruby Shoes (Purchased New, a few years ago)
Accessories: Unknown

I recently posted some tips for thrifting or op-shopping as we call it here in Australia, you can check it out here if you’re interested.

Today I wanted to talk about how I like to style my outfits, I usually go for an effortless, casual style. I like to be comfortable but still look put together, if that makes sense.

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Outfit Details:
Jumper: Hot Options (given)
Skirt: Unknown (thrifted)
Hat: Unknown (thrifted)
Scarf: Unknown (thrifted)
Boots: Vintage Doc Martens (thrifted)

I mostly wear jeans or leggings but I also like to wear skirts or dresses occasionally. I enjoy pairing my jeans or skirt with a band t-shirt for a casual look.

I mostly stick to neutrals like grey or black but add in a pop of colour, I particularly enjoy jewel tones because its a bit of colour but not in your face and I feel like these are probably colours that would suit most people.

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Outfit Details:
Tshirt: Metallica (thrifted)
Jacket: ICE (thrifted)
Jeans: Rusty (thrifted)
Boots: Vintage Doc Martens (thrifted)
Hat: Unknown (thrifted)

I love pairing one of my motorcycle/ biker jackets with any outfit, they are comfortable but give my outfit a bit of an edge. I have them in several different colours but my go to’s are often my cream or black ones, I feel like they go with pretty much every outfit.

I will often wear something just above my size because in winter I can easily wear a jumper (hoodie) or layers underneath without feeling suffocated or too much tightness around the arms.

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Outfit Details:
Jacket: ASOS (thrifted)
Tshirt: Labyrith (thrifted)
Skirt:
Boots: Vintage Doc Martens (thrifted)
hat: Unknown (thrifted)

For Shoes, I will often wear boots (like my vintage docs) or converse style shoes with most outfits, I like to wear shoes that are comfortable but still look pretty cool. I find that these styles go with most of my outfits.

Accessories are hard actually I don’t wear them often but in the cooler weather, I love wearing a beany or scarf if I’m going out it the cold. or wearing a hoodie underneath my jacket if its particularly cool and I need the extra warmth.

What are your go-to’s for the winter weather? How do you like to style your outfits? let me know below


I hope you enjoyed this post, I can’t wait to plan my next lookbook and share it with you. Coming soon like I mentioned at the beginning of this post I’ll be chatting about my photography and blogging set up really soon.

I have lots going on at the moment and I’m trying not to stress myself out too much so I’m feeling like I need a time out for self-care.

I hope to post again soon. If you have any questions about things you would like to know about like how I edit my photos, or what I use to take them, let me know in the comments.

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Shopping My Makeup Collection - Seasonal Project Pan 2 Intro + Palette Of The Month | Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Seasonal Project Pan 2 Intro + Palette Of The Month | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, you may have just seen my June/ July Recap which featured my Seasonal Project Pan Update, well in this post I’m going to be talking about my new project pan and why I’m going to be reaching into my collection to try out products.

I was inspired by Kat from Kitskitch & Beauty News, she has been doing a seasonal project pan this year which is what inspired me to change mine up from a year-long project pan. Kat has also been reaching into her collection to review some of her eyeshadow palettes, which I found really inspiring to reach into my own collection.

Seasonal Project Pan no.2

The whole reason I changed up my project pan style is that I was honestly getting bored and I disliked the idea that all my makeup was just sitting there not getting used. So I’ve changed up my project pan to a rolling or seasonal project pan so that I could get use out of my collection instead of working on certain items.

For my second Project Pan, I will be doing a shorter one for the months of August & September and I will be including a bunch of products, mainly focusing on face products, like contour, blush, foundation, etc.

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New Items

  • TooFaced: Better Than Sex mascara (black.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Vivid Brights Liquid Liners (vivid fire, vivid violet & vivid sapphire.)
  • Bys Cosmetics: Cream Contouring Palette & Powder Contour Kit (working on lightest shades.)
  • Tarte Cosmetics: Blush Bazaar (Not working on anything in particular just to play with.)
  • Australis: Liquid Strobe (I want to use this up by adding to my foundation or as a liquid highlighter.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Photo Loving Primer (green.)
  • Innoxia: Hydrating Primer
  • EOS – lip balm
  • Kat Von D – Concealer Creme
  • Designer Brands – Black Eyeliner

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Continuing Items

  • Savvy By Db: Primer (Almost finished shouldn’t take me long to use up.)
  • Innoxa: Cover & Correct Concealer Palette (once I’ve finished the green I’ll consider it finished.)
  • Australis: Bye Bye Blemish Concealer (on to tube number 2.)
  • Kat Von D: Concealer Creme (using up to get it out of my collection)
  • Rimmel: Stay Matte Powders (I have two that are almost finished.)
  • Maybelline: Matte + Poreless Foundation (half way.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Black Liquid Liner (I don’t think It will take me to long to finish up.)
  • Nyx Professional Makeup: Jumbo Pencil in Milk (still have a long way to go.)
  • Chella: Eyebrow Highlight Pencil (half way.)
  • Essence: Brow Pencil (almost finished.)
  • Nutrimetics: Eyeshadow Primer (I’ve had to take the stopper out so hopefully, I’ll be able to finish it up by the end of the year)

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Shopping My Eyeshadow Stash

Palette of the month – Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’

I’ve been really inspired to just delve into my eyeshadow palettes lately, I can’t believe I have some I never reviewed. My aim is to revisit some of my palettes and see if I still feel the same way about them if I have reviewed them before or review ones I’ve not previously chatted about.

In the month of August, this month I will be mainly playing with my chosen palette which I will be talking about in second and taking photos of some of my favourite looks. I’m hoping to share them on my social media and in a post at the end of the month along with my thoughts on the palette. I’ll be allowing myself to play with other things, my aim is to use this at least two to three times a week, this also lets me play with other things.

The palette I’ll be playing with this month is the Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’ eyeshadow palette.  This palette is more cool toned and has some berries, light pinks, champaign and bronzy colours in it. I’m happy to play and find out what works best and then give my thoughts at the end of the month.


I highly recommend you go check Kat’s channel out she does some fantastic product reviews and get ready with me’s. She is one of my go-to’s for thoughts on products, she gives her honest opinions on the products she has been trying out so go check her out.

Let me know how your Project Pan is going? and What are your thoughts on Project Pan’s?

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June/ July Recap + Seasonal Project Pan Update & Liptember | Life Of Dahlia

June/ July Recap + Seasonal Project Pan Update | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Guys, I wanted to check in and do a June/July recap as well as talk about how my seasonal project pan went for the last few months.

Recap

The last few months have been all over the place I’ve been going through a lot of mental health stuff. Its been hard to deal with, I’ve been feeling not like myself at all which is really unusual for me because even though I’ve struggled with my mental health for a long time I have never not felt like myself. I’ve always lacked confidence which always drives me crazy because I am also quite ambitious and have big dreams, But I have never felt like this before.

I’ve been feeling a lot of guilt which I know I’ve been putting on myself, over lots of silly insignificant things which I think has contributed to me feeling this way. I’ve been struggling to find the energy write, and I’ve even struggled to want to put makeup on and when I have managed to I just wanted to take it off again.

Project Pan Update

This has affected how much progress I’ve made with my project pan, I wanted to use it but I honestly haven’t touched some things that have been in my project pan for a while so I have taken that opportunity to throw away some of the older things I just wasn’t touching.

I’m also horrible at marking my progress as well, which is why I stopped doing updates because I just couldn’t be bothered trying to catch up. I have been enjoying using some of the products in my project pan and I feel like a Seasonal or Rolling Project Pan is better for me.

For the most part, I just want to get use out of what I own instead of focusing on using thing up, I think this is where I get bored. But saying that I have no problem trying to use up basic products, like foundations, concealers or primers. I will be continuing a few items over into my next Project Pan which I will be posting about on Friday.

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Products I did see a bit of progress on are my ‘bronzer’ that I was working on in my Chi Chi Cosmetics Contour Extravaganza palette, there is a significant dip showing, it looked practically untouched when I started.

As for the rest, I’m just going to give you a brief list below of my project pan items and whether I’m still using them or they have moved on.

Key: Green (finished), Yellow (progress), Red (decluttered.)

  • Chi Chi Cosmetics – Contour Extravaganza Palette – Progress on Bronzer.
  • Australis Cosmetics – Match Maker Lightening Drops – Finished 1 Bottle.
  • Australis Cosmetics – Bye Bye Blemish Concealer- Finished 1, On to tube number 2.
  • Maybelline – Brow Drama – Finished.
  • Maybelline – Matte + Poreless – Half Way.
  • Nutrimetics – Eyeshadow Primer – Had to take the stopper out.
  • Nutrimetics – Nutrich LipBalm – 1 Down, 1 to Go.
  • Essence – Brow Pencil – Almost Finished.
  • Essence – Mascara – Decluttered (it was irritating my eyes needed to go.)
  • Chella – Brow Highlight Pencil – Half Way.
  • Revlon – Lipsticks – Decluttered.
  • Innoxa – Cover & Correct Cream Concealer Palette – Finished Peach, Green almost finished. (I will probably declutter after I have finished the green.)
  • Savvy By DB – Smooth Finish Primer – Finished 2
  • Nyx Cosmetics – Matte Liquid Liner – Almost Finished
  • Rimmel – Stay Matte Powder – Finished 1, Progress on the last 2.
  • Misc EyelinersDecluttered
  • PerfumesKaty Perry 2/3’s Left
  • Juicy Couture 2/3’s Left

Rainbow Pouts - Raising Money For Liptember
Fb: Rainbow Pouts, Insta: Rainbow Pouts logo by Erin Applebee

Liptember

This month is about just being kinder to myself as I’m still feeling pretty down, but I’m excited to let you all know about something I’m doing next month. I’ve teamed up with a few friends to do Liptember this year. I’ll be doing a post in a couple of weeks that goes more in-depth about Liptember and Why I wanted to do it this year.

But basically, Liptember is an Australian Organization that raises money and awareness for Women’s Mental Health. They run a campaign during the month of September to help raise the money, If your an Aussie and would like to participate go check out their website at liptember.com.au. They are currently in the middle of updating the website for 2018’s campaign but there is quite a bit of information about what they do and where the donated money goes.

If you want to follow our team, Check out our Facebook Page – Rainbow Pouts, or Instagram page We will be posting during September and have a donation page for people to donate directly through the Liptember site.

Like I mentioned before I will be doing some dedicate Liptember post very soon.

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